Future Stages Festival returns to Kauffman Center this weekend

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will present the virtual Future Stages Festival om Saturday and Sunday – a weekend of free, compelling performance videos; engaging youth-friendly activities; and one-of-a-kind livestreamed content, all available through the Center’s website and social media channels.

The festival will present more than 20 videos of youth performance groups and community partner-led arts activities. Programming begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Click here to learn more and register today.

Drink local – City Market to celebrate Missouri Wines

The City Market is raising a glass to local wines by launching a summer-long Missouri Wines Sampling Series. 

Missouri wine is unique, and this is your opportunity to learn about local growers and varieties, as well as taste award-winning wines, discover new favorites, and purchase bottled wine directly  from the producer. Over the course of nine Saturdays, the City Market will present winemakers from nine different Missouri vineyards to answer your questions and tickle your palates.

The featured vineyard this Saturday is Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery from Platte City. Tastings will be available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., or as supplies last.  Click here to see what else is happening at the City Market this weekend.

West 18th Street Fashion Show returns Saturday

Summer Tableau marks the return of the West 18th Street Fashion Show this Saturday as a pedestrian-focused installation based around seven portable stages with a scheduled, moving audience.

This year’s show explores ideas of spirituality, cults, and collective consciousness in the event’s 21st year. This exhibition on West 18th Street nods to this year’s Mardi Gras “house floats” in New Orleans. The seven designers’ fashions will be featured in seven installations, designed and constructed by local architecture firms and construction companies.

The audience will move in a timed fashion between installations, along West 18th Street. For the show, locally-grown international artist Calvin Arsenia has curated live music performed by Arsenia, Nikki Glaspie (who toured with Beyonce), and other specially selected musicians. To encourage social distancing, two 60-minute shows (7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday) are offered this year. Tickets are going fast. Click here for more information.

A Kaw Social – paddle, float & explore this Saturday

Efforts to redevelop the old Rock Island Bridge over the Kansas River into a West Bottoms entertainment and recreation destination is the centerpiece of A Kaw Social 2021 from 4-8 p.m. Saturday. RSVP here for your free kayak or canoe ride.

Michael Zeller has been pursuing this ambitious concept of using the bridge to create a public park over the river for more than 18 months, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County recently authorized spending $2 million to help finance his plan, according to CitySceneKC.com. A Kaw Social will celebrate the launch of this transformational effort with a come-and-go evening in the field next to the Rock Island Bridge (by the Hy-Vee Arena) -a kind of open house for the river. Click here to learn more.


Unprecedented Auschwitz exhibition to open Monday at Union Station

For the first time, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, a touring exhibition dedicated to the historical significance of the camp is being presented to a U.S. audience, and it is coming to Kansas City’s Union Station on Monday.

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. opens at Union Station on Monday, June 14. The Kansas City experience – the second of two U.S. stops – picks up where the exhibition left off at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

The exhibition explores the dual identity of the camp as a physical location — the largest documented mass murder site in human history — and as a symbol of the borderless manifestation of hatred and human barbarity. Click here for tickets and much more information.